If you’re planning to build a life with your new spouse in an entirely different neighborhood, here are six of the best places to start.
After choosing which designer will make the wedding gown and how many flowers it will take to fill up your church, you and your newly wedded spouse now have something even bigger to decide on: where to live.
A home is one of the first and biggest financial decisions you’ll be making as a married couple, which means you’ll need to put a lot of thought into choosing it. Many factors need to be considered to narrow down your choices, like price and size, but location’s probably the one that holds more weight. Don’t forget that a home’s address affects everything else, and not just its value and floor space.
Most couples who tie the knot these days are millennials who are both career-driven and socially active. This means it’s essential for them to live in a community that allows them to flex their professional and social muscles. Not only that, if they’re planning to have kids soon, they need to live in an area that’s conducive to raising a family. Here are the top neighborhoods where newlyweds will be surrounded by everything they need to build and sustain their new life together.
Forming the eastern border of Ortigas Center, Barangay San Antonio is known as one of the most important business centers of the city. In fact, it’s second only to Makati’s San Lorenzo Village as the largest single income-generated government unit in the country. Within San Antonio are the iconic Philippine Stock Exchange and Tektite Towers, as well as several other corporate offices and business process outsourcing (BPO) centers. A few minutes away are the Asian Development Bank and headquarters of San Miguel Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Philippines, and Jollibee Foods Corporation.
Ortigas Center is one of the businest business districts in the metro. (Photo by Ramir Borja/Wikimedia Commons)
But more than its corporate component, San Antonio also has a wealth of restaurants and entertainment centers particularly along F. Ortigas Jr. Road. And just outside the village are SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, The Podium, Capitol Commons, and Metrowalk for even more dining and shopping options. Commuting is made easy with the accessibility of the Ortigas and Shaw Boulevard MRT Stations, as well as the buses traversing EDSA and those that travel with jeepneys along Ortigas Avenue.
Relish the thought of decorating your new home yourselves? Close to Ortigas’ Home Depot is Robinsons Residences’ The Sapphire Bloc, bounded by Onyx, Sapphire, and Garnet Streets. A 30-sqm one-bedroom unit starts at Php2.9 million.
Bagumbayan, Quezon City
The emergence of Megaworld Corporation’s first township Eastwood City breathed new life into Bagumbayan as it brought with it several office spaces, recreational centers, and residential towers when it was launched in 1997. Bagumbayan is now home to the Eastwood City Cyberpark, where the BPO operations of companies like Accenture, Dell, IBM, and Citibank can be found. Offering leisure options are various establishments at Eastwood Mall and Eastwood City Walk.
Bagumbayan residents have a wealth of restaurants and recreational centers to choose from in Eastwood City (Photo via Shutterstock)
Eastwood City is an extremely walkable neighborhood, although various forms of transportation are available to residents and employees. Citylink Coach Services buses, which travel between Eastwood City and Newport City (another Megaworld township) in Pasay, offer bus rides to people living or working in both townships. The Pasig River Ferry Service is also accessible through the Eastwood Ferry Station.
If you and your new spouse like spending your down time in green open spaces, Megaworld’s One Orchard Road is right across Eastwood City Walk, where you’ll find Eastwood Central Park. A 36-sqm studio unit at Royal Orchid Tower 2 starts at Php3.2 million. If you’d prefer a townhouse, a 138-sqm, three-story, three-bedroom home in Circulo Verde along Calle Industria starts at Php10 million.
San Lorenzo, Makati
While the prime area of Makati is often seen as all business, the city also has a homey side in the form of San Lorenzo’s Legazpi Village. Initially a residential village, it has since been developed by the Ayala Corporation, turning it into a business park that mixes dwellings with corporate and retail elements. Within Legazpi Village are popular office buildings like The Enterprise Tower, the Rufino Pacific Tower, and the PLDT Head Office.
Malls like Glorietta and Greenbelt are close by when you live in Legazpi Village. (Photo via Shutterstock)
The more personal side of Legazpi Village is apparent in the presence of several hole-in-the-wall restaurants and third-wave coffee shops, and eccentric specialty stores. Open spaces like the Legazpi Active Park and Washington SyCip Park allow people to enjoy the great outdoors while staying within the city, and the Legazpi Sunday Market encourage residents to sample products of local merchants while mingling with fellow residents. To get to various parts of Metro Manila, a resident can take the MRT, as the Ayala and Magallanes Stations are easily accessible, as are the buses and jeepneys that ply Ayala Avenue.
Want to be a bit closer to your offices along Ayala Avenue? A high-end option is Ayala Land Premier’s ritzy Garden Towers, located within San Lorenzo next to Glorietta Mall. A 69-sqm one-bedroom unit starts at Php10.5 million. Another option is Eton Properties’ Eton Tower Makati, located at the corner of V.A. Rufino and Dela Rosa Streets. A 20-sqm studio unit starts at Php2.2 million.
Starting out as a farming district that eventually evolved into a village, Alabang is now a full-blown commercial center that features large mixed-use developments such as Alabang Commercial Center and Filinvest City. Found within Alabang are several BPO offices such as Convergys Philippines, HSBC Data Processing Service, and Verizon Wireless, while non-BPO companies that have found a home in the town include The Hershey Company, Shell Philippines, and Unilever Philippines. For those looking to buy their first new car, along the Alabang-Zapote Road are multiple car dealerships like those of Ford Motors, Toyota, Mitsubishi Motors, Audi, Chrysler, and Chevrolet.
Alabang was once a farmland, but is now a thriving commercial and residential area. (Photo by Bryan Montecillo/Flickr Creative Commons)
Festival Supermall, Alabang Town Center, SM Southmall, and Starmall Alabang are just a few spots where residents spend their down time. Not too far away is Evia Lifestyle Center, a commercial complex located along Daang Hari Road. The more outdoorsy types venture towards the Filinvest MTB trail, where there are trails both for mountain bikers as well as hikers and joggers. Getting out, in, and around the neighborhood is easy with the presence of bus and jeepney stations in Starmall Alabang, the provincial buses at South Station Transport Terminal, and the PNR Alabang Station. Filinvest City also operates the 360 Eco-Loop, an electric-powered public transport system that moves around the mixed-use development.
If you want a yuppie-friendly first condo, consider Filinvest Land’s Studio City, located along West Parc Drive. A 16-sqm studio unit starts at Php2.3 million. For more traditional homebuyers, a three-bedroom house and lot at Camella Homes' Camella Evia starts at Php3.6 million.
Barangka Ilaya is one of Mandaluyong’s busiest business districts. It is home to Cybergate Complex, a mixed-use development courtesy of Robinsons Land Corporation. The six-hectare stretch of land contains four office buildings—Robinsons Cybergate Center Towers 1, 2, and 3 and Robinsons Cybergate Plaza—where companies such as Accenture, Jobstreet Philippines, and Summit Media are found.
The Cybergate Complex contains several office buildings, restaurants and the mall Forum Robinsons. (Photo by Patrickroque01/Wikimedia Commons)
Also in the Cybergate Complex is Forum Robinsons a so-called cyber lifestyle mall that offers IT-related retail stores, as well as various restaurants. During select nights of the week, Banchetto Forum opens along Cybergate Street to serve all forms of gastronomic treats to employees and residents in the area until the wee hours of the morning.
Want less time on the road and more with your new spouse at home? Pioneer Woodlands by Empire East has direct access to the Boni MRT Station, and bus stops along EDSA are only a few steps away. If you’d rather live in a townhouse, this 162-sqm unit located near Boni Avenue has four bedrooms and is listed for Php8.8 million.
Over the years, residents of Ususan saw the rise of various residential developments, and it’s easy to see why. Only a few minutes away is Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and its plethora of multinational corporations, restaurants and bars, recreational centers, and other live-work-play elements. Living in Ususan allows residents to access this super city without the extremely high price. From this barangay, people can also easily access Megaworld’s McKinley Hill, where even more corporations and restaurants await.
Bonifacio Global City is an extremely walkable city, ensuring that everyting you need is within reach. (Photo by Alveo Land/Wikimedia Commons)
Sony Philippines, Google Philippines, General Electric Philippines, and HSBC are only a few international companies that call BGC home. But if you’re hanging around BGC for leisure, most shopping and dining can be done at Bonifacio High Street, Serendra, SM Aura, and Market! Market! Other recreational areas include BGC Turf, a haven for football fanatics; Terra at 28th, a park for fitness buffs; and The Mind Museum, a 4,900-sqm science museum. To get to these places, one can board the BGC Bus, which plies various routes and also has a terminal in Makati to cart people in and out of BGC.
Got a baby on the way? Located near Levi Mariano Avenue in Ususan is Acacia Estates by DMCI Homes, an entire community of condos and houses in Ususan for families of all shapes and sizes. In Verawood Residences, a two-bedroom condo unit starts at Php3.3 million. Meanwhile, a 120-sqm duplex in Mahogany Place starts at Php2.6 million. A more affordable option is Spring Lane Homes, where a 94-sqm two-bedroom house starts at Php800,000.
Main photo by Alveo Land/Wikimedia Commons